The SuperSale, hosted by the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA), traditionally begins on a Thursday and runs through the weekend. However, because Thursday this year fell on New Year’s Day, the event opened on Friday – a day that offered rainy and unseasonably cold weather resulting in an overall attendance drop of about 650 people from a year ago.
“But what’s most important is the RV dealers told me they had brisk sales, brisk traffic and, more importantly, people were there buying RVs, they weren’t just kicking tires,” said TRVA Executive Director Phil Elam, who served as the show director.
South Texas Fun Center of Seguin was among the Texas RV dealers who exhibited at the show and owner Matt McConnell told RVBUSINESS.com the retailer sold “all kinds of units to all kinds of people.” McConnell said he had about 20 units on display and he was pleased to see one segment in particular that attracted interest.
“Maybe it’s because fuel prices are coming down or people are just ready to buy them again, but another thing we saw was people paying a lot more attention to the motorized units,” McConnell said, noting South Texas Fun Center carries towable RVs from Forest River Inc. and Keystone RV Co., along with a selection of motorized units by Coachmen RV.
David Bumpass, sales manager at Outdoor Living RV in San Antonio, which carries towable brands from Thor Industries Inc., Forest River, Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and KZ subsidiary Venture RV, said their 41 travel trailers were set up in the parking lot outside the Coliseum due to lack of interior space. Despite the first day’s lousy weather, Bumpass said people seemed to be in a “pretty happy” mood.
“We were pretty happy, too. We sold about two-thirds of what we brought,” he said, adding travel trailers sold a little better than their fifth-wheels. Buyers ranged from their 30s into their 60s, he said, and the most were purchasing their first RV of any kind.
Other Texas dealers participating at the show included Ancira RV of Boerne/San Antonio, Crestview RV Superstore of Selma, ExploreUSA RV Supercenter with eight locations, Ron Hoover RV with eight Texas locations and Seguin RV of Seguin.